Tummy tuck results are considered permanent, insofar that the fat cells and skin removed during an abdominoplasty cannot grow back. Likewise, the internal sutures placed to repair abdominal muscles are designed to remain in place indefinitely.
However, significant weight gain can cause fat cells in the treated area – and other areas – to grow larger. New fat cells can also be produced in these areas. Additionally, substantial weight fluctuations can cause the skin to lose elasticity and begin to sag. Pregnancy after a tummy tuck can also have a negative effect on the longevity of your abdominoplasty results.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Levi Young has extensive experience helping women and men attain the trim, toned appearance they desire with abdominoplasty. He has been recognized as one of Kansas City’s top doctors and earned awards for patient satisfaction for several years running.
Maintaining Your Tummy Tuck Results
Living an active, healthy lifestyle is the best way to ensure your tummy tuck results last as long as possible. Specific steps you can take include:
- Exercise regularly: If you’re not already regularly exercising, now is the perfect time to start. Exercise is essential to maintaining both your overall health and your tummy tuck results.
- Eat a well-balanced diet: Increase your intake of fresh vegetables and fruits, and add other whole foods to your diet, such as legumes, seeds, and nuts. Avoid red meat and choose lean proteins like turkey and chicken.
- Avoid future pregnancies: A tummy tuck will not prevent you from having more children, but a pregnancy can be detrimental to your results. This is why it is typically recommended to postpone abdominoplasty until you are done having children.
While your abdominoplasty results should last several years or longer, your body will continue to change as time passes. Your body weight and skin elasticity alter as you grow older, factors which could affect the appearance of your abdomen. If, after time, you notice unwanted changes, you can discuss your concerns with Dr. Young and enhance your tummy tuck results with a body contouring procedure to help you age gracefully.
Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation Today
Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery today online or at 913-341-2188 to schedule your tummy tuck consultation. We serve patients from Kansas City, Leawood, Liberty, and nearby areas in Kansas and Missouri.